Q. Quite some time ago you mentioned something that could be mixed with leftover seeds to keep them better in storage. Perhaps there are others who would like to know how to store seeds (either left over or gathered from their own plants).
Seeds, if gathered from one's own plants, should be thoroughly dried by laying them on a plate in a dry, airy place for a week or so. To keep gathered or leftover seeds, store them in a glass jar with a tight lid.
Before putting them in the jar, add some dry milk that has been wrapped in a paper tissue. To wrap, lay two or three thicknesses of facial tissue on a flat surface and pour onto the center an amount of dry milk approximately equal to the volume of seeds. (It usually averages 2 tablespoons per quart jar of seed packets.)
Fold the side over and fasten with tape or a rubber band. Place the packet of dry milk and then the seeds in a jar. Tighten the lid. Store at no higher than 50 degrees F. for best results. The temperature can go as low as 34 degrees F.
Q. A verse of a little poem is going through my mind, and it might be known to you folks since you're so tuned to plants and nature. The first verse is: ''Who can mark the moment/when summer turns to fall?/ Who can find the corner/in the long, green hall?'' Can you help out?
We do know this delightful poem because we read it every fall on our radio program (giving credit, of course). We clipped it from The Christian Science Monitor several years ago.
The name of the poem is ''Who?'' by Ruby Zagoren. The rest of it is as follows: ''Who sets the clock for growing/of goldenrod and tansy;/the same alarm that halts/the hollyhock and pansy?/Not we of finite talent,/not we of human sight,/but He who measures heaven/with yardstick of the night.''